December 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with UNIR Hotels Pty Ltd. After 18 years of successful management, UNIR Hotels have decided to redevelop the Rydges Hotel for conversion into a luxurious 240-room InterContinental hotel in the capital city of the Western Australian state, following a comprehensive luxury refurbishment.
When the new hotel commences operations in early 2017, InterContinental Perth will be the sixth InterContinental property in Australia, bringing the brand's renowned luxury experience to another key Australian city.
Situated in a prime location in Perth's Central Business District, the hotel will be nestled amongst the city's top business and leisure facilities, including Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, His Majesty's Theatre, an abundance of boutique shops and the city's eclectic and vibrant dining scene.
Reflecting the timeless, contemporary style of InterContinental hotels and resorts worldwide, InterContinental Perth will embody a combination of residential luxury and business efficiency. As a hotel at the heart of the CBD, InterContinental Perth will feature executive function spaces, including a boardroom and a number of intimate meeting rooms. There will be a business centre for guests who require access to business facilities on the go; otherwise in-room technology and high-speed internet access throughout the hotel will give guests the option to work in the privacy of their room, or over a glass of wine in the Club Lounge.
To add to the thriving F&B scene, a bar-and-restaurant concept will be developed. It will pay homage to the great food and beverage options in Western Australia and be appropriate for InterContinental's international clientele.
Karin Sheppard, the in-coming Chief Operating Officer for Australasia & Japan, IHG said: "The signing of InterContinental Perth is pivotal to IHG's expansion plans in Australasia. This hotel will be one where comfort is balanced with sophistication, and elegance does not interfere with practicality. We are delighted to be working with UNIR Hotels to bring the InterContinental brand to Perth, complementing our existing distribution in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and the Gold Coast."
InterContinental Perth will be the third IHG property in the city, joining Holiday Inn Perth and Crowne Plaza Perth.
Carl Tong, Chief Executive Officer, UNIR Group, said: "InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is recognised as one of the world's leading hotel brands – one that has been gathering strength in Asia Pacific. We are pleased to be working with IHG to develop what we believe will be an iconic luxury property in the heart of Perth – which will enable our guests from around the world to experience quality Australian hospitality."
Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) is the fastest growing region for InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, with 66 hotels in operation and 23 hotels in the pipeline. In Australia there are currently five InterContinental hotels, including the iconic InterContinental Sydney Double Bay which recently opened this month. For more information on InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, visit www.intercontinental.com.
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IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 82 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet across all hotels, globally.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,700 hotels and 697,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with almost 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
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